(28 February 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 28 February 2012
Location: Southwest Nebraska near Stapleton, NE
Shoot Type: Storm Chase
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Description: Historic first documented tornado in Nebraska in the month of February!
Synopsis:
I intercepted and photogrpahed a rare February tornado, the first of which ever recorded in Nebraska. The storm developed almost on top of North Platte, NE and moved almost due north along Highway 83 toward Stapleton. I photographed the tornado from along Highway 83 for about 5 minutes before it dissipated just before reaching Stapleton.

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28 February 2012


Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:03:30 -0600
-Stapleton Tornado 2012- The rare and historic February tornado in Nebraska on February 28, 2012. Patches of snow were present in the field from a 3-inch snowfall the week before
  
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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:18:22 -0600
The obligatory picture of a picture of a tornado, my version of todays tornado as it was approaching me near Stapleton, NE
  
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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:39:56 -0600
Tornado!!

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:00:34 -0600
storm with rotation at 3pm

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:41:17 -0600
chase update 255pm

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:13:24 -0600
Small Cb to my west at 213pm
  
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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:10:32 -0600
chase update 210pm

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:59:06 -0600
chase update 1255pm

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:24:29 -0600
chase update 1220pm. There is a lot here that reminds me of my 2009 November 10 Johnson, KS tornado intercept... Sitting east of Hayes Center, NE very near where Johnson, KS was on that day, meteorologically.

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:33:04 -0600
chase update 1130am

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Tue, 28 Feb 2012 09:13:10 -0600
chase update 910am

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Today is a chase day.. the 2nd one in February!
I made a last-minute decision to decide to chase this setup now that it
appears upper 40s/near 50 dewpoint may make it as far northwest as
southwest Nebraska beneath the cold 500mb temperatures and near the nose
of the 400mb potential vorticity anomaly (the red contours in the
attached image). The image is from the 11z RUC model valid 22z which
shows a favored area for the so-called "cold core" setup for low-topped
supercells near the mid level potential vorticity anomaly and resultant
surface low/enhanced surface vorticity max. If any short-lived
tornadoes can occur in this setup, this would be the ideal place for
them to occur. I need to also be mindful of a bit farther east
translation of activity as the morning HRRR would suggest, but usually
the farther west play is best in these setups... especially looking at
satellite this morning and seeing the upper wave making a beeline for
the Nebraska Panhandle/southwest Nebraska by afternoon. I will be out
the door by 7am for a target somewhere near Ogallala, NE by Noon or so
(with adjustments likely)
  
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